Remember the popular 1969 song “Barbwire (Oh Mama)” yes that catchy song with the melodic voice of singer Nora Dean.
Dean eventually left all that behind and was an Evangelist. The 72-year-old died on Thursday at her Connecticut home in the United States.
Dean’s niece Caroline Jones spoke with the Jamaica Observer’s Kevin Jackson about her aunt.
“She had been living in Connecticut since moving here from New York in 2010. My aunt lived in New York after she moved from Jamaica in the late 1970’s,” Jones said.
Dean who hails from Spanish Town was a member of two groups: The Soulettes (with Rita Marley and Cecile Campbell) and the Ebony Sisters. She sang lead on The Soulettes’ hit, Let It Be and the Ebony Sisters’ Let Me Tell You Boy. Dean recorded for several producers including Duke Reid, Bunny Lee, Sonia Pottinger, Lee Perry and Harry Mudie. Her biggest hit was the risqué Barbwire, produced by Byron Smith.
After several years away from music, she returned in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, she recorded a number of gospel albums including My Soul Loves Jesus, Melody of Praise, Down On My Knees, The Love of God and Breakthrough.